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Published: Friday, Oct. 19 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

"If you look at these behaviours individually, you go: 'Yeah, so someone ignored you. So they didn't say hello. So they glared at you.' But it becomes bullying when it's a pattern over time, and not just a bad day," Keashly told Postmedia News."

If it were only on the "job", that behavior might be tolerated, but it extends to all parts of society.

It happens right here on the Deseret News. We are attacked, sometimes daily, simply because someone has a different idea about how things should be. They can't articulate their idea, but they certainly know know to attack. The sad thing is that they are enabled by those who control the posting of comments.

That's also the way it is in business. We are all charged with upholding the law, but most just turn the other way and pretend that "bullying" does not happen.

It does. Everyone who allows it also participates in it. Everyone who turns the other way, accepts it. Everyone who enables it is just as guilty as the person making the inappropriate remarks or performing the inappropriate actions.

L White
Springville, UT

Bullies hide. Bullies deceive. Bullies pretend. Bullies are all around us. They use whatever power they have to intimidate. It doesn't matter whether it's in the workplace or whether it's in the home, a bully bullies.

It shows their character. They have little to offer, so they have to destroy someone else. Their ideas have no merit, so they attack the ideas of others. It's in their character. They only know how to destroy.

Yes, I do believe that the workplace is full of bullies. I've seen my share of them. I see them all around. I see them attacking the messenger instead of addressing the message. I see them trying to destroy someone else instead of taking responsibility for their own actions.

The good thing is that we will all be known for who we really are and for what we really stand for. At some point, nobody will be able to hide behind false pretence. That will be a day when the bully finally knows that the entire world sees him for what he is, a bully.

A bully hides, but he will be found out.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

FTA: "Ben Popken with Today, however, says studies show this isn't true in the U.S.: "Researchers analyzed data from 1977-2011 from the Current Population Survey, a large annual labor market survey. They found a 1 percent increase in the employment of older workers actually increased employment of younger workers by .21 percentage points. It also increased hours worked per week by .13 percentage point."

When older people work, they have more money and they buy more things and, as Popken writes, "That in turn creates more jobs, for both young and old." "

If this is true, then increased hiring at the state and federal level would cause a butterfly effect that would decrease unemployment beyond that of the act of hiring. Bump up the tax rate by 1/2 percent and take care of some neglected services and we could get our economy rolling again.

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